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More Than A Thousand People Ban Themselves At Ohio Gambling Sites

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As gambling expands in the state, more Ohioans ban themselves from gaming venues
5, 2014

More than a thousand potential gamblers are now banning themselves from Ohio’s casinos and racinos as the state’s gambling industry expands.

U.S. Supreme Court Sends Shelby County Case Back To Lower Court

The order comes after its ruling Monday that businesses can now lodge religious objections to the coverage.
2, 2014

The Supreme Court on Tuesday ordered further review in a case involving Ohio business owners who challenged the birth control mandate under the new federal health care law.

Columbus Firefighter Critical After Lightning Strike

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A Columbus firefighter struck by lightning during the weekend remains in critical condition..
June 30, 2014

Authorities say a central Ohio firefighter remained in critical condition two days after he went into cardiac arrest when lightning struck outside a soccer stadium before an MLS game.

Closely Held Companies Can Refuse To Cover Contraception, Supreme Court Says

Customers enter a Hobby Lobby store in Antioch, Calif., this past spring. The Supreme Court is ruling on the crafts store chain's resistance to portions of the Affordable Care Act. The store's owners cite their religious freedom.
30, 2014

The case, Burwell vs. Hobby Lobby, is perhaps the most important decision of the term. It centers on the Affordable Care Act’s guarantee of no-cost prescription contraception.

Ohio Ranks Near Top In Hazardous Chemical Spills

A 2012 train derailment in Columbus caused at least three cars each carrying 30,000 gallons of ethanol to explode.
June 30, 2014

Since 2005, Ohio has had 256 serious incidents involving hazardous material releases during transport. That puts the state third in the nation behind only California and Texas.

Columbus’ ComFest Kicks Off At Goodale Park

27, 2014

Thousands will descend on Columbus’ Goodale Park June 27 through June 29 for the annual Comfest celebration.

Youth Remain Under-Screened For HIV

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Columbus Public Health and Walgreens will offer free HIV testing through Saturday.
27, 2014

Columbus Public Health and Walgreens offer free HIV testing at two locations through Saturday.

Central Ohio Mumps Outbreak Outnumbers Nation in 2013

Columbus Public Health officials say Central Ohio's mumps outbreak now outnumbers cases nationwide in 2013.
24, 2014

The number of mumps cases in Central Ohio now outnumbers all of the cases nationwide last year.

$3 Million To Aid Addictions Funding Shortfall

The midterm state budget would allocate more money for local agencies trying to combat drug addiction.
24, 2014

The recently approved midterm budget provides $3 million to help local agencies weather a one-time $20 million shortfall for addiction services in Ohio.

State Begins Gypsy Moth Treatment Program

The Ohio Department of Agriculture today began using low flying airplanes to spray gypsy moths living in Central Ohio.
23, 2014

The sounds of low-flying planes above Central Ohio today are part of the Ohio Department of Agriculture’s attempt to reduce the gypsy moth population.